We craft these tightly-controlled inks for Cone Editions Press and for InkjetMall customers all over the world. The printhead performance of these inks is second to none (including the original K7 inks). Our small batch inks are like factory race engines – blueprinted, balanced, and at the highest possible spec.
Thinking of Upgrading to Piezography Pro?
The number one question I receive from customers is whether the Piezography Pro dual quad (2 x 4) and dual quint (2 x 5) ink sets can match the fidelity and acuity of Piezography K6 and K7 ink sets. The answer is yes and then some. Piezography Pro is not a K4 or a K5. It does not print with only 4 or 5 shades of black. Piezography Pro ink sets are K7 or K9 ink sets. Piezography Pro is a step up, not down.
The only time 4 or 5 shades of ink would be encountered is when printing pure cool tone or pure warm tone. Those are at the opposite ends of the toning possibility afforded by the dual ink sets. And yet we’ve designed a new QTR curves architecture that makes sure that these inks print smooth when using only 4 or 5 shades. Piezography Pro is printing almost always with 7 or 9 shades of ink. Below is typical of what is happening when the two ink sets are blended. It’s a lot of shades of inks with overlaps and complexity:
Piezography Pro is easily comparable to K6 & K7. The same highlight and shadow definition. The acuity is there. The tightness in control of these inks along with a new curves architecture makes this our best system ever!
The second most frequently asked question I get is whether you can reproduce your current K7 ink tone with Piezography Pro inks. First the two ink systems are quite different. With that said, Neutral K7 and Warm Neutral K7 become “new and improved” with the dual toning Piezography Pro inks. Further, the tone can be adjusted according to paper base. That is not something that is possible with K7. You get a better neutral that produces 1000s of different blended tones that are just off axis of neutral. You can dial in a neutral to satisfy your “sense” of neutral. Likewise, you can hit the Warm Neutral sweet spot or adjust it to better fit your sensibilities. But, Pro inks are not replacements for K7. It is a whole new paradigm.
The two K7 ink sets which we can’t quite replicate are Selenium K7 and Carbon K7. Piezography Pro inks can get close but not exact. Pro can go cold like Selenium and warm like Carbon, but it does so in a different way than the K7 ink sets.
The benefits of upgrading are full of possibilities!
We put the tools in your hand!
Although we provide a slew of media profiles you now have the option of linearizing your own. With the optional Piezography Professional Edition (PPE) tools you can master your own domain. For some it will be the occasional check on linearity, and for others the PPE tools can actually be a creative center in defining the output characteristics of Piezography Pro inks. That’s a choice you can make in regards to how much you like to fiddle with things. PPE supports the i1, ColorMunki and Spyder tools. It now includes the new Blender Tool (Thanks for your support Early Adopters!).
Look for Piezography Pro online at InkjetMall on Tuesday, March 28!
Introducing Higher dMax!
Ultra HD™ Matte Black is the darkest matte black ink on Earth. Not Epson, not Canon, not HP, nor any 3rd party can touch it! It is proudly produced by Vermont PhotoInkjet and sold exclusively through InkjetMall and our new authorized sole European distributor Taos Photographic in Toulouse, France. There simply is nothing else like it being produced by anyone anywhere!
We’re offering a print sample which you can purchase at InkjetMall for $35.00 where you can see this benefit in action! This sample print is a signed unlimited edition print by the artist, Walker Blackwell, using Piezography Pro to appear “neutral” on Hanhemuhle Photo Rag UltraSmooth. It is an excellent example of the acuity, smooth tone and the Ultra HD™ super dark matte black ink.
You can incorporate the new HD Photo Black into your current Piezography K7, and P2 printing by using Piezography Professional Edition Software to linearize your own choice of media using this new ink option. If you do not produce new linearizations, there will be a jump from the blacker dMax into the greyscale transition at the shadows. Producing a custom linearization will make the transition from blacker dMax more natural. We do not really recommend that you upgrade to this black without creating new linearizations (curves for QTR). You must use the original GO as a second pass with K7 and P2 Piezography systems.
Both of the new blacks are currently being sold.
Piezography Professional Edition Software
Piezography Professional Edition tools is a new software product that we designed for Piezography Pro inks. It will also benefit current K7, K6 and P2 users. The software allows you to produce your own Piezography Pro, P2, K7 and K6 curve linearizations. You can use it with current K7, K6 and P2 systems to incorporate our new Piezography Pro HD Photo Black and Ultra HD™ Matte Black inks or to superlatize your current inks using our new Master Curves.
You can read more about Piezography Professional Edition Software as well as purchase it here. Piezography Professional Edition Software does a lot more than just profiling. It can also build-in aesthetic intents into your Piezography curves. That alone might be worth the price of admission! The cost is $150 for a years license to our online linearization tools. You can renew your license annually. And we hope that you will continue to support us supporting you that way. If the community grows as we expect it to, we will be able to lower our annual re-licensing fees. If you do not renew your license, you will not be able to access the online proprietary Piezography smoothing algorithms or access the Professional Edition Software community forum. But, you will still be able to keep and use the downloaded software tools to continue making your linearizations..